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Page Ten N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, June 19, 2014 LETTER Concluded from p. 1 whose last name was Gor- don. I had Googled the name and up came mul- tiple sites that cohtained the name Gordon. One of them contained the words FEMALE FACTORY. That caught my attention and I opened the site. It was his- torical information about women prisons in Austra- lia, particularly the one in Parramatta in New South Wales, Australia. Ann Gor- don was the longest run- ning Matron of the Female Factory serving nine years. She was not my ancestor. So what is a Female Factory? They were women's prisons where the inmates made goods such as rope, candles, soap, etc for the colony. These factories would house more than the women. Many times their children came along with their mothers and were kept in the prisons too. Most women were sen- otenced to seven years in the prisons. The only other way to be freed was for the woman to be chosen for marriage by one of the free men in the colony or to be taken out for servitude. How did you decide to write this story? After I began research of the his= tory of these places, I was intrigued. I thought what if you were shipped off to Australia, never to return home, how would you no- tify your family of where you were? How would you ever be reunited? Af- ter thinkg about this for a time, I happened to be holding an open house, I am a Realtor, and it was a particularly slow day and my imagination began compose the first chapter of the book. After that, l would write in spurts. So how long did it take you to write the story? Too long! Actually over 15 years, I worked on the book. Why did it take so long?I tried to do a lot of historical research. I wanted the story to be his- torically accurate and at first I was writing just for myself, sort of a hobby, with no intentions of pub- lishing. I really didn't have the confidence or belief I could be an author,so I would work on it and then stop, sometimes for sev- eral years. So why did you finish it? Through the years, I would allow some of my friends to read exerts from the book. Every one of them said how much they enjoyed it and that I should finish it. I thought they were just being kind. Then in the summer of 2012, I heard a news report of a West Des Moines woman who wrote a novel in her spare time and self published her fictional novel. It sold over 350,000 copies online and yet she had no previous experi- ence and had been rejected by numerous publishers. This inspired me and I emailed her. She was gra- cious enough to write me back and outline what she had done to self publish. She was very helpful. I de- cided to find a disinter- ested third party who could critique my book and tell me did it hold their interest. I found an editor and writer in the 'Mason City area who was willing to review the first six chapters. After several weeks, I received a mes- sage from her. She said, "Get a good copy editor, rewrite your prologue and when it is published let me know because I want to buy it." Getting a copy editor and rewriting the pro- logue was the easy fix, but knowing she liked it enough to say she would want to buy it was worth its weight in gold. It gave me the drive to finish the novel and publish it. What is the story about? It is about two sis- ters in England, who in 1804, lose their parents to an accident. They are taken in by an aunt who really does not want them. Quickly, she puts the old- est girl, Iv into servitude. The youngest girl, Bridget, runs away from her aunt in search of her sister, Ivy. She is arrested for stealing bread and sentenced to the penal colony in Parra- matta, Australia. The story is about their search to find each other and the lives they touch along the way. Eventually, the reader will learn more about the girls and their families as the decades pass. What do you mean, will there be sequels? Yes, I plan to write a three-part series following the chil- dren and grandchildren Of the main characters in the story. Do you have titles for these future novels? Yes, but I will share tha later. How many pages is the book? I don't have the ex- act count yet;but it will be over 400 pages. Will you have printed books or only eBooks? My plan is to FIRST pro- vide eBooks through sites like Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes and Noble and more. I will have some printed books, but they will be limited at first. I want to see how the online sales go first. As I get closer to my release date in February, I will have a bet- ter idea of the number of paperback books that will be available. When will it be re- leased? If all goes well, I ,will publish an announce- ment in January that we are now ready for ad- vanced sales. Basically, the novel can be ordered online in January, al- though, they will not re- ceive it until its release in February. Early sales will help boost my ratings on the New York Times Best Seller List once the story is released in February, which is the goal of many writers. I will appreciate all the interest I can get in advance. How much can we ex- pect this eBook to cost? $3.99 through various sites. What about actual =Rocldn Join the Blue Ribbon Foundation in "Rock'n Round the Grounds," at the 18th annual Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction and Fair Food Grazing Party Saturday, July 12, at the Iowa State Fair- grounds. Doors to the Wil- liam C. Knapp Varied In- dustries Building will open at 6:30 p.m. for a night filled with exciting auction packages, enter- tainment and all of your favorite Fair foods. Gear up for the 2014 Iowa State Fair while raising funds to renovate and restore the historic Fairgrounds! More than 200 enticing auction packages fill the Round the Grounds n with VIP treatment at the 8th annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. 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